Remember! We are in the age of the internet! You need to learn to keep your readers attention.
There are a number of vices you need to avoid. Here are:
The 6 mistakes Which all new Writers Make, and how you should avoid them:
1. Unnecessary Information:
Never explain unnecessary background information which does not add anything to the story – cut out anything which does not add value for the reader.
2. Too Many Words:
Keep your writing succinct – never use two words where one will do.
3. Trying to be a Comedian:
Avoid becoming a clown and making your writing too unpredictable and bizzarre. You need to build trust with your reader – make sure you don’t try to be too funny. It is fun to build a hilarious sentence or two into your writing – make sure you don’t go beyond that when writing informative articles – less is more!
4. Easy Mistakes:
This one sounds obvious – make sure you proof read, and revise your work before publishing your work on the internet or showing it to others. This is one I am very guilty of. I write a blog post, and boom! I want to publish it! But someone is going to spend their precious time reading that – make sure you only broadcast the clean and best version of your work.
5. Cliched Metaphors and Similes:
Avoid cliched descriptions, metaphors, similes and phrases. If they are something your reader has read before, they will skim over it, and their attention will start to falter. Remember ‘Green’ is just as descriptive as ‘as Green as the summer grass’, and ‘Leader’ or ‘Aggressive leader’ (if that’s what your trying to say) is just as descriptive as ‘The leader of the wolf pack’.
6. Not Listening to Constructive Feedback:
Listen to criticism! One thing I find can sometimes happen when I have written something I’ve worked really hard on is I can find myself getting offended or tensing up when someone suggests a way I could improve my work – do not fall into this trap. Remember when somebody is criticizing your work that they may provide some useful pointers on how your work could be improved – plus you may gain a reader in them if you manage to take their criticisms on board.
What are the mistakes you often find people make when writing?